The fantasy genre has always been a central part of any anime set in the medieval period. Kingdoms, magic, and specifically mystic creatures are some of the typical elements found in this genre. Even the famous and successful anime often use mythological folklore and culture for source material. Out of the world components further helps to re-imagine the stories and ecosystem for the viewer’s entertainment.
Many anime creators have been using these folklores and mythologies as narrative elements to make the show even more engaging and amusing. And one of the most notable mythological creatures that can be found in anime is the Dragons. Dragons are known to be fictitious creatures of enormous power and destruction. The traces of dragons can be found in many fictions across the globe from the ancient Greek, Roman, to Chinese mythologies.
In anime, many impressive mythological creatures have enchanted the audience. However, dragons, a terrifying fire-breathing creature of destruction, have always been the most well-portrayed more than any other magical creature. Most dragons in anime are shown as powerful and intelligent creatures. If you find these magnificent beasts interesting, then here is the list of top dragons in anime.
Best Anime Dragons:
01. Shenron (Dragon Ball)
Shenron is a divine dragon capable of granting any wish one can desire. To summon Shenron, one must collect the seven of Earth’s Dragon Balls. God of Earth created him, and he possesses the power to alter history and can also revive a person back to life.
02. Fredrika (Hitsugi no Chaika)
Fredrika is a feila dragoon, a race of magical armored dragons with the ability to transform into anything. She has regenerative power due to her shapeshifting ability. While she is incredibly strong, it has also made her careless about her surroundings.
03. Acnologia (Fairy Tail)
Acnologia is a black dragon feared as the strongest and the most dangerous villain in the Fairy Tail series. Moreover, he is cruel and ruthless enough to kill many dragons 400 years ago and almost destroyed the Fairy Tail guild. Acnologia became a dragon slayer purely by the desire to annihilate everything in his sight.
04. Kaido (One Piece)
Kaido is one of the four emperors and most feared pirate captain in the One Piece world. Not to mention he is the world’s strongest creature, which got him the infamous name of The King of the Beasts. Kaido has a powerful mythical Zoan type Devil Fruit, which allows him to take the form of a dragon.
05. Nina Drango (Shingeki no Bahamut: Virgin Soul)
Nina Drango is a sixteen-year-old dragon humanoid from a peaceful dragon village. As it’s hard to make money at her village, she decides to move to the Royal Capital of Anatae. Nina cannot control her red dragon form at her will due to being half-dragon and half-human. The dragon form only causes problems for her.
06. Haku (Spirited Away)
Haku is a spirit with the appearance of a twelve-year-old boy. He works as Yubaba’s right-hand man and is second in command at the spiritual bathhouse. Haku is not an ordinary spirit. After all, he is the forgotten god of the Kohaku River. He can even transform into a silver dragon.
07. Charizard (Pokemon)
Charizard is a large, dragon-like Pokémon who, upon evolving from Charmander, gains the ability to fly. It flies in search of powerful opponents to battle. Charizard can breathe out very high temperatures fire that melts anything.
08. Tooru (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon)
Tooru is a powerful dragon of the Chaos faction that can turn into a cute human girl. When drunk Kobayashi helps her, Tooru decides to return the favor. After a long conversation with Kobayashi, Tooru learns about Kobayashi’s love for maids and agrees to become one.
09. Peterhausen (Ichiban Ushiro no Daimaou)
Peterhausen is a mighty giant dragon who served the previous Demon King. Fujiko accidentally awakens him from his seal under the school. While saving Fujiko, Akuto defeats him in battle and makes Peterhausen his servant.
10. Veldora Tempest (Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken)
Veldora Tempest, aka Storm Dragon Veldora, is one of the four true dragons and most powerful beings in the world. After destroying many cites and causing harm to humans, ultimately a hero seals him for 300 years. Eventually, he meets Rimuru the slime and befriends him. Veldora gives him the name Rimuru and receives the name Tempest.